Would you like to Join the July Jesters?

Written by Natalie of NOfkants Curios

As an experiment, some of us Folksy peeps decided to get involved with a listing challenge, where we challenged ourselves to list an item a day for a whole month, to see if it would improve views to our shops and products and hopefully generate some sales. We would promote each other in blogs, Facebook, twitter etc… and post daily on our own thread in the forums as to what we had listed each day and whether we had any sales or problems so we could celebrate or commiserate together.

The first monthly listing challenge was back in April, and we unofficially decided to call ourselves the Folksy Foolers, but the name really caught on, and since then all subsequent monthly listing challenges have had a little gang membership name, usually around something mad or foolish. Personally for me, Folksy Foolers was more about getting myself established, being new to Folksy and it made me feel part of a community, I only had one sale in April, but I gained so much more from it. So some of us decided to carry on into May, we became the Mad May Hemmers. The views in my shop tripled and I had 5 sales that month Whoopee!

So how has June Loons gone! I personally have had 15 sales in June! I am so pleased that the listing club has worked so well for me! I have manged to list everyday and sometimes more than one item a day. Some of my fellow Loons have had phenomenal sales and been dubbed Super Sellers by the rest of us Loons. I have also tried to blog daily, as I did in May, to showcase some of my favourites in each days listings.

Gemma from DamselFlyGemma.
I started the month with about 12 items in my shop. I’d had no sales and very few views. I’d only recently joined in the forum and my shop had been open for 2-3 weeks. Well, when the call for loons went out I thought- why not? It will be a great excuse to get crafting properly again (I hadn’t done much in the preceeding few years to to a very time consuming job), it’ll fill up my shop and if don’t sell anything then the listing fees will only set me back £6.  If it becomes stressful and not fun then I’ll stop!

Millie from Mildunkley
The daily listing challenge has helped me greatly, in sales, increasing stock, learning many new things about the web, selling, photography, blogging, making contacts, beads, beading and loads more! The regularity of the listing has helped me become more organized and I have tried to set a small portion of time per day to beading, photographing and preparing the images.

Jill from JCU
I’ve taken part in the last 3 listing clubs – each time with the intention of listing daily. However, I have not managed a full month yet but the nature of the people
listing means there is no problem with this. People are able to come and go – we all have commitments and no one comments when you don’t list for a week. It is very much a personal challenge! Everyone is just pleased to have you pop in to chat and support the group.

Liz Dyson from The Little Bead Box
Has the June Loons Listing Club worked for me? You can bet your life, it has! Wow, what an experience. Six weeks ago I decided to let my shop limp off into the sunset, which it was well on the way to doing, anyway. I hadn’t sold much, and I certainly hadn’t made much money. For some reason I wondered about the forum and decided to get on and say hello as a last ditch attempt. I’m not really sure why this happened, but it did – The difference in my sales has been staggering!

• I’ve promoted the shop and met some really wonderful people along the way.
• I’ve seen some gorgeous items (and bought quite a few, too – shush, don’t tell Hubby).
• I’ve had a wonderful time, and at the time of writing I’ve sold 152 items on Folksy – all thanks to the June Loons Listing Club.
• I’ve been challenged AND, I’ve been supported every step of the way.

Oh, yes, the June Loons has worked for me, and then some…July Jesters, here I come!”

Take a look at this thread if you are interested in signing up and introducing yourself!

Thanks to Natalie of NOfkants Curios for writing up this piece. Natalie sells pretty knitted handbags and also uses her hobby of fossil hunting to create fascinating and unique fossil keyrings – you can also find Natalie on over at her blog!.

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26 Comments

  • June 30, 2010

    amyorangejuice

    Oh if only I had got to the one stained glass item a day stage! they just take too long to make for that! Great to see you guys doing so well from it! keep it up productive types :-)

  • June 30, 2010

    Deb

    Same problem here with the crocheted bags – not possible to list one a day I’m afraid! But I think it’s a great idea and more power to those who take part :D

  • June 30, 2010

    Tracey Chorley

    A really encouraging post – I’m joining in this month and am eager to see what it brings!

  • June 30, 2010

    sparklesmith

    I joined folksy last month but havent listed properly or been on enough since I did. Going to do the challenge to give me some oomph to get going. I make jewellery, bags and purses. :)

  • June 30, 2010

    Claire Pearcy

    I’m joining this month for the first time and looking forward to it and hope it works out well for me and everyone else :)

  • June 30, 2010

    Gemma

    Everyone join in as and when you can! I had no sales and now I’m at 6 with a few commissions too! I’ll def be a July Jester.
    Many many thanks to Natalie. She’s such a superstar and has been fantastic- rallying us all along and keeping track of all our sales. And thanks to all my fellow loons for being wonderful peeple to be looney with
    Gemxxx

  • June 30, 2010

    Maxine Veronica

    Ha got so carried away making items to list I forgot to send Natalie my comments from being a member of the June Loons and the Mayhemmers (well that’s my excuse anyway!).

    It was a lot of fun and the challenge really helps with the creativity, bring on the July Jesters!

    Max :o)

  • June 30, 2010

    Mary Elliott

    Great fun!!! thanks Natalie for all your support and to all the loons of course!

  • June 30, 2010

    Blue Forest Jewellery

    Great experience and Natalie has been a star!!

    Alison x

  • June 30, 2010

    Shaz from OddSox

    Natalie IS brilliant! I’ve met her a couple of times now and she is as lovely in real life as she is ‘in writing’ – & her daughter’s a sweetheart too! Don’t know how you fit it all in Natalie but I’m definitely setting myself a target to join up for August. Good luck to all the July geniuses! x Shaz

  • June 30, 2010

    jcu designs

    Brill blog! Just to make the point again – it is NOT a problem if you do not list daily – we’re just a great bunch who enjoy a virtual natter, who support and inspire each other and have a bit of fun! So please, if you want to join in please do – it won’t matter to anyone if you don’t achieve 31/31 for the Jesters.

    Jill x

  • June 30, 2010

    Sharon Hodgson

    The June Loons (and preceding monthly groups) have had such success – in friendships as well as sales – that I’ve decided to join the fun too. It will be a great challenge and incentive to do some daily crafting (like I’m not doing it all my spare time anyway!!) and also some more frequent blogging. I’m really looking forward to joining in the camaraderie of the July Jesters – good luck everyone!

  • June 30, 2010

    Lisa Hafey

    I’ve had the most wonderful time being a Mad Mayhemmer, and a June Loon – might I reiterate what the others have said, and stress that Natalie is an absolute treasure and should be bottled! Thanks so much for keeping us motivated! Since I’ve been listing daily I’ve gone from 2 sales to friends on my first shop, to opening another 2 shops and totally revamping the way I make: I’m now up to 10 sales (including the previous 2) – 5 of those in June! Onwards and upwards!!

  • June 30, 2010

    Polka Dots And Posies

    What a lovely post and well done everyone.I have really enjoyed partaking, made 15 Folksy sales and many more through my fb shop which is very encouraging. I have met some lovely peeps, and have found it all so very motivating. roll on July :0)

  • June 30, 2010

    Cwtch

    I am looking forward to joining the July Jesters (although a littl nervous!!). I know it will really give me the motivation to keep crafting but more importantly keep listing. A great motivation and I hope I have the success already had by sellers in the previous months. Good luck to all the fellow Jesters xx

  • I would recommend everyone join in – it doesn’t matter if you can’t list everyday. It’s great fun and you will certainly raise the profile of your shop. The people are great and I’ve really felt more involved in the Folksy community since becoming a June Loon. The next couple of weeks will be a real challenge for me, but I will do my best as a ‘July Jester’.

  • June 30, 2010

    Adien Crafts

    Looking forward to joining you mad lot, pointy hat with bells on at the ready! Di x

  • June 30, 2010

    baggieaggie

    Wow, what an inspiration. I must get brave and join you lot some time.

  • June 30, 2010

    Folksy admin

    Brilliant! Great to hear that joining together has made such a difference. Well done June Loons and good luck July Jesters!

  • June 30, 2010

    Liz Dyson

    Natalie – you’re a wonderful woman. Thanks for keeping us all on track and looking out for us. I can’t wait to join the Jesters tomorrow morning.
    Liz @ The Little Bead Box

  • June 30, 2010

    Rachael

    What a fab post. Natalie has been a star throughout the listings clubs. I started in April and have just completed June. I had 17 sales through Folksy this month and have had lots more through highlighting items on Facebook too.
    Everyone is really friendly and encouraging.
    Bring on July Jesters.

  • July 1, 2010

    Indira

    Very inspiring I would love to join the July Jesters Club.Is there a club to become member ?

  • July 1, 2010

    Lara Humpherys

    Yep, I wanna join! I had lots of things on Etsy so put all of them on Folksy in one go, which I guess doesn’t help if you only then put things on in fits and starts.

  • July 1, 2010

    vix

    It seems a long time since I joined in with the April Foolers, and after 30 items I needed a rest, but I’ve now decided it’s time to become a July Jester, inspired by Natalie and the sheer determination of everyone… Keep up the good work everyone!
    xx

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  • July 2, 2010

    greatgreenltd

    I`ve only been on Folksy a couple of weeks but I think its great. I have joined the July Jesters and am looking forward to being a part of it. All the comments are so positive and very inspiring. I`ve listed a new item today, a dol[phin shelf that I love. Is there a particular place for the July Jesters to list their items and make comments? Linda